Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi will return to first team training on Sunday.
The duo have been on holiday since Germany beat Chile in the final of the Confederations Cup in Russia on 2 July.
While the rest of the first team squad will be taking part in the Emirates Cup at the weekend, the striker and defender will begin their pre-season preparations with some vigorous star jumps, as prescribed by new fitness guru Darren Burgess.
“Alexis and Mustafi, their first training session will be on Sunday, the day we play against Sevilla [in the Emirates Cup],” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal Player. “They are practising on the day.”
Alexis and Mustafi will have only seven days to prepare themselves for the Community Shield game with Chelsea and a further five to be fit for the start of the Premier League season. Deciding whether to pick them so early in their preparation is something that the boss will mull over.
“First of all you make a really good check up of where they are, how much they have worked during their break,” he said.
“After, once you know where you stand, they need an adjusted programme and to see how quickly you can fit them in again.
“Of course it depends as well on what is the need in the squad, what is their quality. All of these things together make your decision. Do you put them on the bench when they are not ready [to start]? It is easier to put a striker on the bench than a defender, sometimes. Because in a short period they can make an impact. We’ll see.”
Finally, a story that mentions Alexis but doesn’t mention his contract situation. Real football is on the horizon!